8 Ways to Create a Scandi Style Outdoor Space

Scandinavian design has gained immense popularity worldwide for its minimalistic yet inviting aesthetic. This design philosophy, characterised by simplicity, functionality, and connection to nature, extends effortlessly to outdoor spaces. 

If you're looking to transform your outdoor area into a serene Scandi-style retreat, here are some inspiring ideas and tips to get you started.

Embrace Natural Materials

The foundation of Scandinavian design is rooted in nature. Embrace natural materials such as bamboo, rattan, and wood for your outdoor furniture and decor. 

We love the Tine K Home and Bloomingville Bamboo outdoor ranges, which include sun beds, lounge beds,  tables and chairs, which would be ideal for a Scandi-style patio space. 

natural bamboo outdoor table

Pictured: Bloomingville Sole Bamboo Dining Table

For wood furniture, opt for untreated or lightly stained wood to maintain a raw and organic feel. Cedar, teak, and acacia are popular choices for outdoor furniture due to their durability and weather-resistant properties.

Keep it Minimal

Scandinavian design is all about simplicity and minimalism. Avoid cluttering your outdoor space with unnecessary decor or furniture. Stick to essential pieces that serve both functional and aesthetic purposes. A streamlined outdoor dining set or a couple of lounge chairs with clean lines can make a powerful statement while keeping the space uncluttered.

Pictured: Tine K Home Set of 2 Bamboo Dining Armchairs

Soft, Neutral Colour Palette

Create a calming atmosphere by sticking to a soft and neutral colour palette. Whites, greys, beiges, and muted blues are classic Scandinavian hues that evoke a sense of tranquillity. Use these colours for your outdoor furniture, cushions, and accessories. Incorporate pops of colour sparingly with fabrics or natural elements like greenery. 

outdoor bamboo dining

Pictured: Tine K Home Set of 2 Bamboo Dining Armchairs

Cosy Textiles

Even in outdoor spaces, textiles play a crucial role in Scandinavian design. Invest in high-quality, weather-resistant cushions and throws made from natural fabrics like linen or cotton. Opt for simple patterns or textures that complement the overall aesthetic. Layering textiles not only adds comfort but also warmth to your outdoor oasis. 

Invest in a quality storage basket for your hall or garage in which to store your outdoor cushions and throws during the winter or periods of bad weather. 

Pictured: Tine K Home Natural Bamboo Couch with Cushion

Emphasise Functionality

Scandinavian design is deeply rooted in functionality and practicality. Choose outdoor furniture and accessories that serve a purpose while maintaining a sleek aesthetic. Invest in storage solutions like benches with hidden compartments or versatile modular pieces that can adapt to different needs.

The Tine K Home Natural Bamboo Modular Seating is a fantastic way to achieve this, as the modular design offers plenty of flexibility. You can use each part as individual chairs or put them together for the combination that suits your needs. 

Pictured: Tine K Home Natural Bamboo Modular Seating

Create Zones with Purpose

Divide your outdoor space into functional zones that reflect Scandinavian lifestyle principles. Designate an area for dining, lounging, and perhaps even a small workspace or reading nook. Keep pathways clear and create a seamless flow between different zones. Use versatile furniture that can adapt to different activities throughout the day.

The Tine K Home Natural Bamboo lounge beds, for example, could be used as a sun bed or lounging area for you to read.  

Pictured: Tine K Home Natural Bamboo Lounge Bed with Cushion

Incorporate Greenery

As an outdoor space, nature is an essential element, and it is quintessential to the Scandi look. Integrate plenty of greenery around your outdoor furniture through potted plants, shrubs, and even small trees. Place planters strategically to add texture and visual interest without overwhelming the space.

Pictured: Tine K Home Bamboo Sunbed

Focus on Lighting

Lighting is crucial for creating ambience in any outdoor setting. Opt for soft, warm lighting such as string lights, lanterns, or discreet LED fixtures. Use candles or fire pits to add a cosy glow during chilly evenings. Pay attention to both functional and decorative lighting elements to enhance the overall mood of your Scandi-style oasis.

Pictured: Bloomingville Sole Bamboo Coffee Table

Creating a Scandi-style outdoor space is all about embracing nature, simplicity, and functionality. Remember, less is often more in Scandinavian design—allowing space for tranquillity and connection with the outdoors. 

Browse our full collection of Scandi style furniture and accessories to discover the perfect pieces for your home: 

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